Summer is almost here and that means rising outdoor temperatures. The majority of Texas prisons do not have indoor air conditioning and are poorly ventilated in inmate living areas making conditions dangerously hot and humid. I’d be willing to bet the inside temperature will top 100 degrees in units like Gurney in mid-to-late May.
Twenty-two Texas inmates have died from the heat-related issues since 1998, 11 of those deaths were during the 2011 heat wave.
All offenders should pay attention to the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
- Hot, flushed, dry skin
- Rapid heart rate
- Decreased sweating
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle cramps
- Increase body temperatures
- Involuntary shivers
- Difficulty talking
- Forgetfulness or confusion
- Loss of consciousness
Offenders should take appropriate measures to stay cool and hydrated. TDCJ advises each inmate to drink at least two gallons of water on hot days.
Texas state law requires all county jails to be air-conditioned. Many inmates moved from county jail to a TDCJ facility have trouble adjusting to a prison without air conditioning.
The excess heat drains energy from the body. The only thing to look forward to other than “making store” is the possibility of making parole and getting out sooner.
The parole rates are higher than in recent years so why not take advantage of it and get the people inside started working on their parole packet?
Our parole book, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, is available as a download and as a download with a printed copy that we can mail into the prison. Since we are a publishing company we are allowed to mail the books directly to the prisoners.
If you are one of the people fortunate enough to be able to afford a Texas parole attorney for the process then we encourage you to do so, preferably one of the ones that advertise on this site. However, times are tough and we realize that many people can’t afford a Texas parole lawyer but still want to increase their loved one’s chances of making parole which is where our book How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet comes into play.